Three Steps to Kind Communication


2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year, Rosie Martin, will deliver this year's International Women's Day Address.

Start Date

7th Mar 2017 6:00pm

End Date

7th Mar 2017 7:30pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus

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2017 International Women's Day Address

presented by

Rosie Martin

Rosie Martin

2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year

Kindness has been regarded over recent centuries as an adornment of women. But when lifted from this historical diminishment and given full play in daily communication, it is a source of strength and transformation. The ‘how’ within communication matters. Relationship skill and communication skill are intertwined and inseparable: this is true in their development, and it is true in their use in personal, workplace and community interactions throughout life. Mindful engagement with this understanding has potential to bring new insights, and new chosen-practice.

In this International Women's Day Address, Rosie will examine the features of kind communication and their operationalisation within the busyness of daily life.

About Rosie Martin

Rosie Martin is a speech pathologist with more than thirty years experience working with people with a wide range of communication challenges, but particularly with individuals with autism and literacy acquisition disorders. In recent years she has taken this knowledge into prison contexts and the charity she founded, Chatter Matters Tasmania, and has conducted a number of literacy- and communication-focused projects at Risdon Prison. She has recently completed criminology studies in order to extend her knowledge of the wider considerations for conducting programs within corrections’ contexts.

Rosie is also a facilitator with the NFP Center for Courage & Renewal (CC&R). Founded by sociologist Parker J. Palmer, this work develops inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and resilient life. The CC&R work of intentional listening, skilful questioning, reflective practice and inner-work are all high-end communication skills. Rosie sees them as the ultimate goal of all that a speech pathologist might be inspired to help develop in others: they represent the pinnacle of spacious human communication.

Refreshments from 5.30pm.

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